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balenaEtcher Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to balenaEtcher for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to balenaEtcher and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to balenaEtcher are Ventoy, UNetbootin, YUMI and Win32 Disk Imager.

balenaEtcher alternatives are mainly Bootable USB Creators but may also be Disk Imaging Tools or Hard Disk Diagnostic Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of balenaEtcher.
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balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card...

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  1. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

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    aidan_mullen23

    Flashes quickly and works flawlessly almost every time.

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    It works best and has features needed most.

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    Luismart89

    The thing I love from Rufus is the possibility to customize the platform target i.e BIOS O UEFI, so this let me use and EFI Image for BIOS Based computer. a good example of this is using Windows 10, by default is UEFI based computers, but Rufus can convert the image file to hybrid, so you can install windows 10 on both BIOS and on UEFI based pcs with the same stick. Rufus also can be used to write linux distros to USB sticks. It is the best option we can find on Windows.

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    POX

    Probably the best software to burn an OS image on a USB drive if you're using Windows.

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    manolive

    Installed Windows 10 and Linux mint. The image was launched from under the BIOS without problems. Recommend.

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    It's stable and does what it claims to do; very dependable.

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    Does everything and more. Also, doesn't bundle a webbrowser just for a simple dd frontend.

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  2. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO files. With ventoy, you don't need to format the disk again and again, you just need to copy the iso file to the USB drive and boot it.

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    leik1jd

    Ventoy is a great tool. I had used YUMI extensively before Ventoy came out. What is great about Ventoy is the cross-platform support and the fact that your ISO image stay intact on your USB stick. Being able to have a large 256GB USB stick with Ventoy on it also gives it an edge against tools like Balena Etcher (one image per USB) or Rufus (ISO images are not intact).

    As a bonus, Ventoy can create USB sticks that will work with BOTH UEFI and BIOS.

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    Everything balenaEtcher can do Ventoy can do better and more. Plus they 'ignore' Mac, haha.

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    Everyone who wants to try linux from windows. Ventoy is the best option. Why? Because Ventoy will let you put two iso on the drive. No Burning or wiping out entire disk. Only direct iso copy and paste. If you want to try linux, simply put linux iso and for safe back to windows put a windows 10 iso.

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  3. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.

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    It doesn't appear to just write images to disk

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    I cannot choose Winshit 10

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  4. YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.

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  5. A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.

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    TheDcoder

    A lot smaller and more native to the Windows platform than Etcher

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    Win32 Disk Imager, despite its name, does not "create" disk images: it only writes/mounts pre-existing .img files to flash storage.

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  6. Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use.

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  7. MultiBootUSB is a software to create multi boot live Linux on a removable media i.e USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk.

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    The project seems no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 9.2.0, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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  8. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.

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    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).

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    Almost everyone thinks LinuxLive USB Creator is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
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    USBImager

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    USBImager is a really really simple GUI application that writes compressed disk images to USB drives and creates backups.

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    rescuezilla

    USBImager is a 300 kilobyte download compared to balenaEtcher's 80+ megabyte. They're both cross-platform (Windows/macOS/Linux). The reason is USBImager is a native app while balenaEtcher is an Electron app.

    balenaEtcher is still a bit more user-friendly, but USBImager is by far the best cross-platform alternative right now.

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  10. WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program, which prepares multiboot USB flash or fixed disk to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux and *BSD flavors, as well as many Windows, Linux, DOS based and other utilities. Since version 1.

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